Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors will blitz workplaces in an effort to prevent Ontario’s top workplace injury.
“My top priority is workplace safety,” said Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton in the ministry’s announcement. “We all need to be careful about the way we’re working. Lifting, carrying and even sitting the wrong way can lead to injuries.”
Musculoskeletal injuries result from repetitive work, heavy lifting and carrying, and awkward postures that affect people’s bones, joints, ligaments and other soft tissues. That could include such tasks as lifting heavy bags of cement, repositioning patients in a hospital or long-term care home, or handling objects while on a ladder.
Back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis are three prominent examples of musculoskeletal injuries.
The blitz will focus on workplaces in the construction, health care, industrial and mining sectors. It coincides with Global Ergonomics Month in October. Inspections will also be focused on breathing hazards, which include gases, dust, vapours and fumes that can lead to lung cancer and other illnesses.
“Everyone has a role and responsibility in preventing musculoskeletal injuries and respiratory hazards,” said Minister McNaughton. “This enforcement initiative will help prevent needless suffering for thousands of workers and ensure they are safe on the job.”
The workplace inspections will run from October 1 to December 27, 2019.